Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.
Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.
No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
A month ago, I wouldn’t have found myself reading this book. Having already read some of McGarry’s books, this was surprising as I enjoyed all her novels. I think it was mostly about how this book is centered around a motorcycle club. It just didn’t appeal to me. It surprised me in more ways than one. The reason I read this is because my Goodreads suggested it many times and also I love McGarry’s other books, so I should give it a try. After reading this novel, I should have given this novel the benefit of the doubt because McGarry wrote another amazing novel with some amazing characters.
I would like to first give a shoutout to Emily, (not our Emily, sorry 😛 ) the main character. For the first few chapters, I didn’t like her. She seemed too innocent and way too compliant. It was as if she couldn’t speak her opinion and that annoyed me. Boy, was I wrong! Emily is this strong-headed character with a backbone. She does have some inner conflict about her fears and not letting herself live, but that doesn’t stray away from who she really is. For the most part, Emily is searching for the truth about her dad and her past.
Oz. Dear lord. First, I love that name, and by the end of the novel, I no longer thought about the “Wizard of Oz”, when I heard his name. And second, *heart eyes*. He is a hunky piece of literature. Oz is kind-hearted and great with children (that just made him more attractive. Thumbs up, McGarry! You know the way to a girl’s heart!). Anyway, Oz’s loyalty and integrity also amazed me throughout this novel. This type of character contrasted with the harsh life of being in a motorcycle club. For Oz, Emily coming into his life turned it upside down. His main goal in the novel was to join the club, Reign of Terror or in his world, he wanted to be “patched in”. Falling in love with Emily jeopardized that because Emily is the daughter of one of its leaders.
I’m seeing a little bit of Romeo and Juliet here. And like Romeo and Juliet, they are destined to die from this forbidden love. THE END.
Just kidding! Oz and Emily have their struggles but I promise you, it’s worth the emotional rollercoaster.
The book was a fast read. There was a variety of scenes that were very well written. They were meaningful and all contributed to Emily’s search for the truth.
For most of my reviews, I realized I always mention the plot twist. Plot twists make or break how much I enjoy a novel, and this plot twist I didn’t expect from a mile away. It completely took me off guard!! I had to re-read that one part because there was no freaking way I read that correctly. (I did.)
This is a dual POV novel, which provides a more in-depth feeling to Oz and Emily’s story.
In conclusion, this is a very well-written book with many romantic, heart-breaking and heart-stopping scenes and an unexpected plot twist and truths.
I recommend this book to fans of Simone Elkeles and of Katie McGarry herself. If you’ve already read her books, like I have, expect the best. She will not disappoint.